Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents “Swan Lake Act 2” as part of its opening series “At 75 – A Tribute to Elaine Thomas”

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Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents “Swan Lake Act 2” as part of its opening series “At 75 – A Tribute to Elaine Thomas”


DATE: September 30, 2011, Friday and October 1, 2011, Saturday, 8:00pm, Harpeth Hall Auditorium

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Nashville, TN – September 30, 2011

The Dance Theatre of Tennessee (DTT) will bring to life one of the most famous and well-loved classical ballet story of all time – Swan Lake Act 2. Swan Lake Act 2 or more famously known as the “lake scene” tells the story of Odette, the Swan Queen who is a beautiful princess under the spell of an evil sorcerer. She transforms from her human body into a swan during the day. Many others are under the same spell, becoming swans during the day. In order for the spell to be broken, Odette must win the eternal love of a young man. If she does not find true eternal love, she will remain a swan forever. 

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Elaine Thomas in Island of the Sirens choreography by Andre Howard, The Royal Ballet

DTT will present this timeless classic as part of its 2011-12 opening season series titled “At 75 – A Tribute to Elaine Thomas,” DTT’s beloved Asst. Artistic Director on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. at Harpeth Hall Auditorium. A special reception will be held on October 1st, prior to the 8:00pm performance.

Thomas is currently artistic associate and principal coach for DTT.

Artistic Directors and Principals Dancers of several ballet companies that Thomas has been associated with or have worked with will be flying in for the event. Some of these companies include Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater and Australian Ballet. They will present premieres of works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson among others.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, Thomas received the academy’s highest honor, The Adeline Genee Medal. 

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Elaine Thomas in Les Patineurs choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, The Royal Ballet

Upon graduation she joined The Royal Ballet company, rising to senior soloist and dancing the title roles in ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia and The Sleeping Beauty. She also distinguished herself as a teacher at The Royal Ballet School and, while touring extensively, conducted master classes throughout England and America. In addition, she served as assistant ballet mistress for The Royal Ballet.

Thomas has worked with major ballet luminaries including Sir Frederick Ashton, Nijinska, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. In demand as a ballet mistress and re- stager, she has reconstructed choreography and staged full-length ballets including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Coppelia and Swan Lake.

She has worked and shared her talents as a ballet mistress, repetiteur, coach, choreographer and director with several major ballet companies in the United States and have been in the faculty of several major schools where majority of her students are now Artistic Directors, Principal Dancers, Major Choreographers and Artistic Leaders.

Celebrating its sophomore year, Dance Theatre of Tennessee is thrilled to celebrate Thomas’ contribution and impact on the dance community not only in Middle Tennessee but across the US. “Elaine has been such a wonderful inspiration not only to my career as a dancer but to countless individuals who are themselves artistic leaders and innovators” shares DTT Artistic Director Christopher Mohnani. “It would be truly special to celebrate her generosity through the performances that evening.”

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Dance Theatre of Tennessee artist Jennifer Drake in Swan Lake

 Tickets to the performance are $25 for adults and $15 for children and are available at tickets Nashville website. For more information on this special performance and celebration, including tickets to the reception, please call 615-391-5500 or visit DTT’s website.